HAL All Set To Roll Out 123 Combat Hawk Planes Developed Under ‘Make In India’ Project

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s ‘Make in India’ programme has now taken its next huge step in the international market with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) all set to roll out it’s first light attack planes next year.

The locally made combat version of the Hawk aircraft, would be ready for export by February 2017 with HAL being its license producer.


What’s interesting is that the combat plane would be ready nearly two years ahead of its set deadline and is already generating huge interest in the international platform.


The combat plane has a huge potential when it comes to unconventional operations, and is currently being developed by its original manufacturer BAE Systems (formally known as British Aerospace) and HAL.

HAL is also looking to integrate a new engine, weapon systems and possibly a radar for the light attack plane.



A senior official associated with the Hawk project recently said:

“The aim is to demonstrate the aircraft by the next Aero India show that is to take place in 2017. The project is on track. There is a strong demand for such an aircraft.”

The weaponised version of the Hawk, which is currently in service with the Indian Naval force, was recently demonstrated at the recently concluded International Fleet Review (IFR).

The BAE Systems has showed immense interest for the combat Hawk as the company might look to export it from India.



Wikipedia Combat Hawk Aircraft built under BAE Systems


123 of these combat Hawk aircraft are on order for the Indian Air Force and the Navy.

The Hawks are also the primary advanced trainers for combat pilots in India, who are also made to undergo their final stage of flying training on this aircraft.


Only after clearing this final test are they allowed to move on to other streams.

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